Islam is a death cult, says Ukip’s latest acting leader, Gerard Batten

Gerard Batten, a London MEP, made an early pitch to become Ukip’s fifth leader in 18 months yesterday, proposing to limit new mosques and claiming that a “significant minority” of Muslims held extremist views.

He took over as acting leader after Henry Bolton lost a membership ballot at the weekend called in the aftermath of his affair with Jo Marney.

Mr Bolton, a former army officer, told party members that he had “strong affections” for Ms Marney, who had sent racist messages regarding Meghan Markle. His comprehensive defeat — some 63 per cent of Ukip members at Saturday’s extraordinary general meeting said that he should quit — would appear to condemn the party to three months of internal wrangling.

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